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The Importance of Dental Cleanings

How a dental cleaning from your dentist in Encinitas, CA, can keep your smile healthy

Dental cleanings are an important part of taking care of your smile. They can help prevent gum and periodontal disease, so you can keep on smiling. Dr. Michael Klein in Encinitas, CA, offers comprehensive dental care for your smile, including dental cleanings to keep your smile healthy.

When you visit your dentist and dental hygienist regularly, it can make the difference between enjoying a healthy smile for life, or losing your teeth to periodontal disease.

It’s all about plaque. Plaque contains millions of microscopic bacteria that produce toxins. These toxins can destroy your soft tissue (gums, supporting ligaments, and fibers) and hard tissue (the bone that supports your teeth). Regular dental cleanings help control the amount of plaque and bacteria in your mouth, to help prevent disease and damage.

You should have your teeth cleaned every 6 to 12 months if your mouth is generally healthy, or every 3 to 4 months if you have periodontal disease. During your dental cleaning, your dental care professional will:

  • Examine your gums for any evidence of disease; this can include areas of redness, bleeding, or other problems.
  • Measure the level of attachment around your teeth; this includes both soft tissue attachment, and any loss of bone around your teeth.
  • Do a thorough professional cleaning; this includes removing soft deposits (plaque) and hard deposits (calculus or tartar) and polishing your teeth free of stains.
  • Show you all of the latest tools and techniques so you can keep your smile healthy at home.

Dr. Klein will also perform a thorough dental examination, including x-rays, at least once each year. Regular dental examinations are the best way to ensure you have a healthy, problem-free smile.

To find out more about the importance of dental cleanings and how they can keep your smile healthy, call Dr. Michael Klein in Encinitas, CA, at (760) 634-2082. Call today!

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